The New Human Services Partnership Mini-Grant funding round will occur annually to award 10 grants of up to $40,000 to human service organizations. The main goal of this funding round is to provide smaller organizations who are addressing poverty, racism, and trauma as a root cause of institutional inequity in Washtenaw County an opportunity to receive funding.

  • Total funding round allocation is $407,707
  • We estimate of 10 grants at $40,000 each for one year
  • Organizations with overall budgets of $1 million or less are eligible to apply
  • Goal for grantees is to have 60% with leaders with underrepresented identities

To learn more about the Mini-Grant funding round mission/values and goals, see the NHSP 2022 Mini-Grant Funding Round Overview document.

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The 2022 New Human Services Partnership Mini Grant Program funding round has closed. See below BOC documents to learn more about funded grants:

BOC Cover Letter for Mini-Grant Funding Recommendations

BOC Resolution for Mini-Grant Funding Recommendations

Mini-Grant Awardees

On December 7, 2022, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 22-244: A Resolution Approving the Final Recommendation of Award Recipients for RFP 8358 "2022 New Human Services Partnership Mini-Grants", approving one-year mini-grants for the following organizations: 

  • A Brighter Way ($40,000)
  • Black Men Read ($40,000) 
  • Buenos Vecinos ($40,000) 
  • Coalition for Re-envisioning Our Safety/Care Based Safety ($40,000) 
  • Community Resource Center, Inc. ($40,000) 
  • Fair Housing Center ($40,000) 
  • FedUp Ministries ($40,000) 
  • Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent Out of Necessity - MISSION ($40,000) 
  • Peer Support Network ($40,000) 
  • Washtenaw Housing Alliance ($40,000) 

Thank you Mini-Grant Community Review Team

Thank you to the members of the volunteer community review team for the NHSP Mini-Grant funding round. Your thoughtful decision making and nuanced perspectives contributed to the success of this process. 

  • Alice Seipelt
  • Alison Foreman
  • Charlotte Chloe
  • Grace Wu 
  • Jennifer Harrold
  • Jordan Greene
  • Kathleen O'Connor
  • Lana Valentine
  • Rachel Waite 
  • Rebecca Yaciuk


This funding round is now closed.

Request for Proposal

Download the full RFP #8358 here.

Download the fillable PDF version of the RFP here.

Proposal Requirements

RFP submissions will be accepted from Monday, August 22 through Tuesday, September 20.

The application will be much shorter than the Safety-Net Grant funding round and include questions to help reviewers learn:

  • The name of the program/project, description, and budget for the program/project being funded
  • Organization background such as age, history, and mission/vision, and experience
  • How the Mini-Grant funding will be used to address poverty, racism, and trauma as a root cause of institutional inequity in Washtenaw County
  • The communities/populations served by the agency and by the additional funding through the Mini-Grant

To learn more about the Mini-Grant funding round process, see the NHSP 2022 Mini-Grant Funding Round Overview document.

Timeline for Mini-Grant Funding Round (2022)


Finalize the Mini-Grant framework
Friday, July 15
Prepare the Mini-Grant RFP ProgressMonday, July 18 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Mini-Grant Prep Sessions for Potential Applicants

Monday, August 15, 3pm - 4:30pm

Thursday, August 18, 11:30am - 1pm
Mini-Grant RFP Applicant OpensMonday, August 22, 1pm - 2:30pm

Mini-Grant RFP Information Sessions

Thursday, August 25, 6pm - 7:30pm

Monday, August 29, 1pm - 2:30pm

(see above for registration link)

Submit questionsWednesday, August 31
Answers to questions posted/emailedMonday, September 5
Identify Community Reviewers and provide trainingBy September 12
Proposals DueTuesday, September 20 at 3pm
Community Reviewers finalize recommendationsWeek of October 24
Recommendations to County Board of Commissioners and City CouncilNovember 16, November 21
Final vote of approval (Board of Commissioners)December 7
Grant Start Date for AwardeesJanuary 1, 2023